A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

What I Liked: A female person of color in the lead role, along with her interracial family. A female person of color in the director’s chair. What I Disliked: The beginning of the movie moves too quick, not allowing us to truly visually understand what is happening and why. Characters (and the audience) are toldContinue reading “A Wrinkle in Time (2018)”

Paddington 2

Charming sequel to a charming first entry. Has less subtext than that first film, but still brings intelligent storytelling. Why do studios feel the need to talk down to children? Or why make family films that resort to meager fart jokes? Are there intelligent fart jokes? In either case, these Paddington films are incredibly refreshingContinue reading “Paddington 2”

Coco

An production that is completely heartfelt and respectful to Mexican traditions, culture & music. Engaging story about remembering our past heritage and enriching our legacies. That “Papel Picado” (Cut Paper) sequence at the beginning was marvelous. Great seeing the tributes to past Mexican icons. I think I’ll buy the soundtrack. Reminds me of how muchContinue reading “Coco”

Stranger Things 2 (tv)

Oh hai, Encino Man’s Sean Astin. Starts off slow (because it now has to expand and spin multiple story arcs), but wraps up quite nicely. The kid who plays Will is a pretty damn good actor. We didn’t see enough of him in season 1 cuz…well……………….he was missing. Duh. New characters are introduced, while someContinue reading “Stranger Things 2 (tv)”

Blade Runner 2049

The first Blade Runner was a groundbreaking film in terms of its visuals. This one didn’t bring anything new to the table. Having said that, audiences and special effects have changed so much since 1982 that I think it would be hard pressed to do that. However, like that first movie, this newer movie movesContinue reading “Blade Runner 2049”

Happy Death Day

a very clever premise leads to a fun movie. very good and original dialog between characters. shout-out to all the cool movie posters in the lead male character’s dorm! however, the message within the character’s story arc is really heavy handed. [Spoiler-ish] the killers motivation might be the weakest I’ve EVER seen in a movie,Continue reading “Happy Death Day”

Shin Godzilla

I wouldn’t call myself a “fan” of Godzilla or the movies. I think the concept is cool, and the character is cool, but I don’t rush out to see or rent movies based on him. Having said that… There’s a new look to the creature, and I really enjoyed it. Feels like something more realistic.Continue reading “Shin Godzilla”